Free time at the Light House
Some of you
have asked what the children here do in their spare time, so I took my
camera with me on a tour of the Light House. The children were busy doing
chores and relaxing after finishing their morning school lessons, both
at the Centre and those who attend the nearby State school. Here are some
of the things I saw.
chores to be done"
15 year old Gantchimeg washes the floor. All the children take turns
to do simple cleaning and vegetable preparing chores around the centre.
Note the smiling face of the onlooker, glad it's not his turn. All
children are expected and do keep their bed and space clean and tidy.
This is the sound and the name that is made as each player blows
with force to try and flip the flattened bottle cap. This is just
one of the moves in this varied game. Lining them up in the palm
of the hand, throwing them up and trying to catch them all in one
swoop is another move. Naranbatt, 17, 'pehd's' as he tries to flip
his cap. Competitor Munkhzul, 16, watches closely. Once again there
is always an interested audience around
Always interested in who's got the best hand. Altungbatt 13 and Oyunchimeg
15, play one of the variety of card games they know. Cards was one
way they passed the time when they lived in the tunnels under the
streets as it can be played in limited space but of course they had
to have light and candles were used at night.
Tulga,14, Naranbaatar, 16, Jargolbaatar, 14, Erdenebaatar, 12, in
front on bed in boys' room. With 40 plus children in Lighthouse
1 there is always someone to share a game or just 'hang out' with.
|| "More Mates"
Yondongugnee 14, from Lighthouse 3. Erdenepurev 15, Naranbaatar,17,
Myagmarsuren 13. Always wanting their pictures taken. This is a complete
turnaround from when we first encounter them on the streets where
they will show hostility and turn their backs to us. We are pleased
to see that more and more of the children from the other 2 centres
are visiting and learning to mix and socialise together. For a start
there was a certain amount of hostile behaviour displayed between
groups. Now they are feeling secure and loved they are able to relax
and are learning to trust.
Some of the children attend after school arts and craft courses.
Munkhzul,16, is showing great artistic talent and enjoys painting
Mongolian countryside scenes. Here he is displaying his latest creation,
a statue in plasticine called "Madonna and Child." You will note
that just as in our culture some names are shared by both girls
and boys - one of our (female) cooks, and one of our resident girls
are both also called Munkhzul.